Workflows Should Not Be Allowed To Approve Pull Requests

policy name: actions_can_approve_pull_requests

severity: HIGH


The default GitHub Actions configuration allows for workflows to approve pull requests. This could allow users to bypass code-review restrictions.

Threat Example(s)

Attackers can exploit this misconfiguration to bypass code-review restrictions by creating a workflow that approves their own pull request and then merging the pull request without anyone noticing, introducing malicious code that would go straight ahead to production.


  1. Make sure you have admin permissions
  2. Go to the org’s settings page
  3. Enter “Actions - General” tab
  4. Under ‘Workflow permissions’
  5. Uncheck ‘Allow GitHub actions to create and approve pull requests.
  6. Click ‘Save’